This summer Eurosport is counting down the world's greatest footballers, as voted by our international network of journalists. We will reveal one player per day, culminating in the election of the first Ballon d'Eurosport on July 19.
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Undoubtedly one of the most exciting strikers in the Premier League, Luis Suarez is blessed with great technical skill and the ability to twist opposition defenders inside out.
A touch inconsistent in front of goal, Suarez has often made the impossible look easy while squandering far simpler opportunities. Despite this, the Uruguayan striker ended last season with 23 league goals in 33 games for Liverpool and was the shining light in a mixed season for the Reds.
Controversy is never far from Suarez. Having been found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in 2011, the striker was handed a 10-match suspension in April for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
He has recently expressed his desire to leave Anfield and, despite his poor disciplinary record, will likely attract the attention of a number of Europe’s elite clubs.
The UK/Ireland office, unsurprisingly, gave Suarez his highest number of votes.
Liverpool’s continued absence from the Champions League, however, has prevented the striker from showcasing his talent in Europe’s premier competition.
If Suarez is to join one of Europe’s top clubs this summer, expect him to feature higher in the future.
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How Eurosport voted
We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.
Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.
The Ballon d'Eurosport so far